Melvin Gerd Elsen passed away peacefully at the age of 80 on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends who will remember him as a great storyteller, and the life of the party.
Mel was born on March 6, 1933, to Herman Elsen and Martha Zimmerman Elsen in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He had eight years of National Guard and Army with Company A 70th Engineer Battalion and Reserves, after being honorably discharged.
He married Priscilla “Chris” Olguin in Boise, Idaho, on June 23, 1962. They lived in Indiana and later relocated to Evanston in the 1980s. He was owner-broker of Century 21 and Elsen Realty. Recent illness forced his semi-retirement, but he continued with buying, remodeling and selling property.
He is survived by his wife, Chris; his sons Ronald (Sharon) Elsen, of Council Grove, Kan., Scott (Wendy) Elsen, of Evanston, and Paul Elsen, of Evanston; daughters Lisa (Paul) Carter of Sandy, Utah, and Cheryl Elsen of Kansas; grandchildren Dean (Kendra) Elsen and Desiree Elsen, of Council Grove, Lauren and Maddie Carter, of Sandy, Utah, Colby, Logan, and Maria Elsen, of Evanston, Kaid Elsen, of Evanston; great-grandchildren Jason, Colton and Kasten Elsen; and nieces and nephews in Iowa, Kansas and Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved grandson Derek Elsen; brother Jay Elsen; and sisters Sally and Frieda.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 1 p.m. at Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston. A viewing will be held at the funeral home prior to services from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Interment will follow at the Evanston City Cemetery.
His wishes were to have a celebration of life by family and friends at his home following services.
Online condolences can be made at www.crandallfhevanston.com.